Continued accusations of Depp by Heard’s lawyers
On the fourth day on Monday, Johnny took the stand on being cross-examination by Amber Heard’s attorneys. The actor has spent most of the time describing the couple’s volatile relationship. He denied the claims of physical abuse by his ex-wife. Most of the questions focused on Depp’s drinking, drug use, and charged interactions with Heard during their relationship. Heard’s attorney tried to obstruct his claim of defaming him and calling him an abuser. They played some clips in the court in which he allegedly referred to Amber.
“The next move, if I don’t walk away … it’s going to be a bloodbath like it was on the island,” Depp says on the recording. In another, he is cursing at Heard, saying “You stupid f–.” He is shown cursing at Heard in those clips. As they played the clips, Depp seemed to shake in distress while Heard was on her move, fighting back tears. According to Depp, Heard often attacked him violently. She also abused him regarding drugs.
Diminishing Depp’s fame and losing his role in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise
Depp claimed that his movie career diminished after she wrote a 2018 op-ed article in The Washington Post. Heard didn’t mention Depp’s name anywhere in the article. But according to Depp’s lawyers, it’s a clear reference to Heard’s allegations. Depp said that the accusations and that article led to ruining of his reputation. This cost him his role in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise. In some of the texts and clips, Depp used abusive and vulgar language. He had to apologize for all that.
Chats about alcohol and drugs
Rottenborn also showed the jury one of the texts of Depp to Bettany in 2014 where he stated about whiskey, pills, and cocaine. Depp stated that those texts were sent during a period he stopped drinking and consuming drugs. Previously, Depp had accepted that he took two pills of oxycodone which is an opiate. He admits that he was addicted to it at a time and locked himself in the bathroom of a plane and fell asleep to prevent pestering Amber. Depp refused to agree that he was drunk on the flight. He said that he boarded the plane, he drank only a glass of champagne.
1. What’s the current update on the case?
Johnny Depp testified for three days this week in the trial over his lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp is suing Heard for libel, alleging that she falsely portrayed him as a domestic abuser and harmed his lucrative acting career. The claim centers around a 2018 op-ed Heard wrote in the Washington Post in which she made references to suffering abuse, but did not name Depp.
2. What did he say in his defense?
On the stand, Depp said he never hit Heard and that he has never struck a woman. He accused Heard of abuse and also spoke extensively about his issues with drugs and alcohol. Here is a look at some of the most shocking moments from the trial so far. Depp’s testimony is set to continue Monday.
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